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2003 Soter Vineyards Cabernet Franc Little Creek Napa Valley
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About Soter Vineyards

Tony Soter made his name with Cabernet Sauvignon in California at Spottswoode, as well as with his own Etude label. But to show he was serious about Oregon Pinot Noir, he relocated to the Willamette Valley. The time and energy he's devoted to the vineyard is evident in his intensely fruity, layered Pinots that do not sacrifice balance or focus for power.

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2003 Soter Vineyards Cabernet Franc Little Creek Napa Valley

Producer: Soter Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Franc
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2007

($75) Good dark red. Captivating nose combines red fruits, tobacco, iron, tree bark and flowers; like a hypothetical blend of sangiovese and Bandol. Sweet and creamy but juicy, with lovely inner-mouth energy and spice character. Very tactile, elegant wine with insinuating persistence. I'm not sure I would have picked this as coming from the New World.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the three principal varieties in Bordeaux, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of the western Loire Valley. In Bordeaux's Left Bank, Cabernet Franc serves as a blending component adding aromatic complexity to the more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. On the Right Bank, the grape is found in the clay soils of St. Emilion, where it...
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